FORT DODGE, Ia. — Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery plans to save the scholarship that came open earlier this week for the Class of 2014.
“You never say never,” McCaffery said before an appearance at the Webster County I-Club Thursday. “There are guys transferring all the time. There’s nobody that we’re looking at in the 2013 class. We’ll probably hold it for the 2014 class.”
The scholarship came open when freshman guard Patrick Ingram announced earlier this week that he planned to transfer to a school closer to his home in Indianapolis.
“I figured he would come back for one more year,” McCaffery said. “But under the circumstances it made a lot of sense. He wanted to be closer to home. He has some things going on (in his life). It was a better opportunity to play.”
Ingram played 116 minutes in 19 games as a freshman, averaging 0.9 points and 0.6 rebounds. He was the 11th man in a 10-man rotation McCaffery used during the Hawkeyes’ 25-13 season.
“Nobody left,” McCaffery said. “And (Peter) Jok is coming in. There’s more competition. (Jarrod) Uthoff is eligible. That’s more competition. It made sense (that he left).”
Ingram’s departure leaves Iowa with four open scholarships to fill in the Class of 2014. Devyn Marble, Melsahn Basabe and Zach McCabe are seniors next season.
McCaffery said Ingram’s departure also leaves open the option of taking a transfer.
“It’s nice to have (the scholarship),” McCaffery said. “Ultimately you want to balance your classes out.”
Ingram missed workouts with the team last summer while completing some academic work, but McCaffery said that played no factor in him not cracking the rotation.
“He missed six weeks of two hours of practice a week (over the summer),” McCaffery said. “That’s all he missed. We started (fall) workouts in September and we didn’t play our first game until November. That’s not something you want to use as an excuse. Nor did he, to his credit.”
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